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Poem by William Shenstone

The Attribute of Venus

Yes; Fulvia is like Venus fair,
Has all her bloom, and shape, and air;
But still, to perfect every grace,
She wantsЧthe smile upon her face.

The crown majestic Juno wore;
And Cynthia's brow the crescent bore;
An helmet mark'd Minerva's mien;
But smiles distinguish'd Beauty's queen.

Her train was form'd of Smiles and Loves;
Her chariot drawn by gentlest doves;
And from her zone, the nymph may find
'Tis Beauty's province to be kind.

Then smile, my Fair! and all, whose aim
Aspires to paint the Cyprian dame,
Or bid her breathe in living stone,
Shall take their forms from you alone.

William Shenstone

William Shenstone's other poems:
  1. Colemira: A Culinary Eclogue
  2. Elegy. He Describes His Early Love of Poetry, and Its Consequences
  3. Epilogue - To the Tragedy of Cleone
  4. Charms of Precedence
  5. Economy, A Rhapsody, Addressed to Young Poets

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